Haiku by Andrew Vachss
A Novel

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From the author of the acclaimed Burke series: a searing new novel that follows a band of homeless outcasts on a journey to recover what each has lost.

Ho was a revered sensei, but when his dismissive arrogance caused the death of a beloved student, he renounced not only his possessions but also his role as a master, and now roams the streets in search of a way to atone. Drawn by his presence, a group forms around him: Michael, an addicted gambler who has lost everything, including himself; Ranger, a Vietnam veteran with a tenuous grip on reality; Lamont, a once-fearless street-gang warlord turned hopeless alcoholic; Target, a relentless "clanger" who speaks only by echoing the sounds of others; and Brewster, an obsessive collector of hardboiled paperbacks he stashes in an abandoned building even vermin avoid.

Late one night, Michael spots a woman in a white Rolls-Royce throwing something into the river. Convinced that the woman is a perfect blackmail target, he attempts to recruit the others to search for her. But news that Brewster's library is slated for demolition turns this halfhearted effort into a serious mission to find the ultimate problem-solver: money, and with it a new home for Brewster's precious collection.

Each frantic knock opens another barred door as the building's destruction draws nearer. And the answers to each man's questions trigger shocking explosions that hit you with all the visceral power we have come to expect from this fierce and dynamic writer.

Underground: A screenplay by Andrew Vachss

In this lacerating screenplay, Andrew Vachss chronicles life in the "Underground," a society built by survivors of a cataclysm known only as "The Terror," where the wrong side of the human race came out on top. The world is hyper-controlled. The only "news" is on the omnipresent Info-Boards. Scrolling across each is the reward for capture of any Book Boy, the last journalists. Their truths are sprayed on the walls in their unique shade of blue: IF IT'S WRITTEN IN BLUE, IT MUST BE TRUE.

Underground is a powerful vision of a future world where the eternal struggle between the forces that can preserve or destroy.

About Andrew Vachss

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Hardboiled writer Andrew Henry Vachss was born on October 19, 1942 in New York City. He attended Case Western Reserve University and the New England School of Law. Vachss has worked in many government and law enforcement organizations, ranging from the U. S. Public Health Service to the New York City Juvenile Justice Planning Project. Vachss' work as a writer includes a series of books featuring an unlicensed private detective named Burke. Burke's appearances include Flood, Strega, Blue Belle, Hard Candy, Blossom and Sacrifice. Vachss has also written comic books and graphic novels.
Published October 15, 2009 by Vintage. 225 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ranger, a shell-shocked veteran who naturally thinks Ho is Vietnamese, gives him his street name, short for Ho Chi Minh.

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Vachss, author of the long-running Burke series that concluded with 2008’s Another Life , introduces an engaging if damaged new hero in this soulful thriller.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Lamont asks, in this book, “Are the only truly honest people on this earth those others regard as insane?” For Vachss, the answer is probably “yes.” AMAZON READER RATING: from 29 readers PUBLISHER: Pantheon (November 3, 2009) REVIEWER: Bonnie Brody AMAZON PAGE: Haiku AUTHOR WEBSITE...

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Spinetingler Magazine

I had been wanting to read this book anyway but the reason I started was because the chapters were short.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

They hatch a plan to save the books, but — surprise, surprise — things fall apart, and the group is tested in more ways than one.

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